BACK in business but at a cost.
That’s how we reported the October 2005 home win for Pools over Milton Keynes Dons.
On the plus side, it was a first home Coca-Cola League One victory since April 15, with a Dean Lewington own goal and an 84th minute Lee Bullock header to thank for the three points.
But the negative was a red card for Mark Tinkler and a hugely debatable sending off it was too, as he tussled with Dons player Aaron Wilbraham who was also ordered off the pitch.
“Handbags” was how it was later described by Pools boss Martin Scott.
The Mail’s Roy Kelly wrote: “Saturday’s win over Milton Keynes Dons may not have been the prettiest, but how hard it was worked for.”
Early signs seemed to indicate a Dons team which would be hard to overcome.
The visitors went one up with a Izale McLeod goal. It looked as if they had gone 2-0 up when what looked like a legitimate second from McLeod was ruled out for offside.
But then Pools fought back and created numerous chances. Jon Daly, Eifion Williams and Thomas Butler looked sharp.
Yet it was Lewington who made it 1-1 when he could do no more than put Thomas Butler’s left-wing cross into his own net in the 50th minute.
Then came Bullock’s late impact as an 80th minute sub for the tiring Daly. Four minutes after joining the fray, he launched a bullet header into the left hand corner from Craddock’s cross.
Pools manager Martin Scott said: “I was delighted for the players but that win was for the supporters.”
He said the home win had been a long time coming but he thought Pools had just edged a close match.
l Pools: Konstantopoulos, Craddock, Collins, Williams, Turnbull (Tinkler 46), Humphreys, Butler, Sweeney, Williams E, Daly (Bullock 80), Llewellyn (Maidens 79). Attendance: 4,337.